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Paseo de Recaredo 24 | Hacienda del Cardenal, 45004 Toledo, Spain
(+34) 925 22 49 00
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Hostal del Cardenal is located in an 18th century Toledo palace that...
The Hostal del Cardenal is located in an 18th century Toledo palace that has been converted into a three star hostel. The hostel���s restaurant, in an attractive setting surrounded by gardens, offers traditional Spanish cooking, featuring roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood fired oven, and Toledo-style partridge casserole. Desserts include the marzipans and ���marquesitas��� (small pastries) that are typical of the Toledo region. There is a special area set aside for children���s games and in the summer the terrace is a great spot to enjoy a meal with friends.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pretty Let Down

Beauty of the Original Cardinal's residence ends at the front door. Went to Toledo for the day and had a sit down lunch here. I was really hyped up to try the Suckling Pig which was their speciality. Even on my way to the restroom the Suckling Pigs already prepared on their platters by the wood... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
Frank R
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Winter Park, Florida
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Winter Park, Florida
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Beauty of the Original Cardinal's residence ends at the front door. Went to Toledo for the day and had a sit down lunch here. I was really hyped up to try the Suckling Pig which was their speciality. Even on my way to the restroom the Suckling Pigs already prepared on their platters by the wood burning Oven looked beautiful.... More 

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Oakland, California
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173 reviews 173 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We didn't eat, but came here for wine and snacks. The had an outstanding Riocha for a little over 2 Euro. It really was outstanding. One of my rave recommends.....

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Antigua
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72 reviews 72 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I've had far better cochinillo and cordero lechal elsewhere. The setting of the restaurant is lovely with the courtyard and pleasant bar.

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Miami, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The only reason why I don't give this places five star is because Toledo is very hot in July, and it was hot inside the restaurant while we were there. I got the feeling they were playing with the thermostat to save on electricity. The food and service was good, but we'll return in December next time.

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Springfield, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

El Cardenal Restaurante is a fancier place, just outside the old city walls in Toledo, Spain. (Take the city's escalators down from the Jewish Quarter, walk a little to your right and you will see the restaurant and hotel on your right.) We sat outside on a perfect summer evening, enjoying wine and one of the specialties of the house,... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My wife and I had mixed feelings on this restaurant. We both agreed that the setting looking out over the courtyard was beautiful. Both agreed the service was a bit standoffish. I really enjoyed my meal of sucking pig, very tender and juicy and one of the better ones I've had in Spain. Her fish was good but not great... More 

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Alicante, Spain
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

If you want a lunch or dinner away from the noise and if a very pleasant setting and still in walking distance from the center than this is the place to be. We went for dinner and enjoyed the setting outside in the garden under the trees. You access the place through a doorway in the wall around the old... More 

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Melbourne
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151 reviews 151 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We went to this restaurant because it was recommended for Cochinillo (Roast Suckling Pig) and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is part of a hotel located just outside the walls of Toledo near the Alfonso Gate. We ate upstairs but there are also tables in an outside courtyard on the ground floor. At first the service was very slow.... More 

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Heraklion, Greece
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40 reviews 40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

If you are looking for a place with nice decoration and atmosphere you are in the right place.the food is not what i call"value for money " although the little pig was tasty. 75 euro for 2 main dishes a salad a coke and one desert.too much i think! the atmosphere was fantastic and its worth paying for it.

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SC
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266 reviews 266 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Chewy tough steak, mediocre house wine Service, as the rest of restaurants in Spain, is below the American standards Soups are OK Salmon was very good, fresh and prepared very well... I recommend it The steak, which is prepared medium-rare need some salt, very tough, chewy, and bleeding in the middle .... I think this is the norm for steaks... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Paseo de Recaredo 24 | Hacienda del Cardenal, 45004 Toledo, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Castile-La Mancha  >  Province of Toledo  >  Toledo
  • Phone Number: (+34) 925 22 49 00

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

The Hostal del Cardenal is located in an 18th century Toledo palace that has been converted into a three star hostel. The hostel���s restaurant, in an attractive setting surrounded by gardens, offers traditional Spanish cooking, featuring roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood fired oven, and Toledo-style partridge casserole. Desserts include the marzipans and ���marquesitas��� (small pastries) that are typical of the Toledo region. There is a special area set aside for children���s games and in the summer the terrace is a great spot to enjoy a meal with friends.
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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